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A night at the Spa

Police officers wear many hats when patrolling the evening crowds in downtown Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs hasn’t always had the bustling downtown it has today, but these days, it’s a city to envy. While the secret to its success isn’t any one thing, one major factor may have something to do with those who keep it safe.

Saratoga Springs hasn’t always had the bustling downtown it has today, but these days, it’s a city to envy. While the secret to its success isn’t any one thing, one major factor may have something to do with those who keep it safe. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— “But by the same token, it’s a little bit difficult when they all start letting out,” he said.

Lt. Briscoe said that downtown traffic becomes more congested in the summer, and the frequency of alcohol-fueled incidents increases.

“DWIs are a lot higher in the summer than they are in the rest of the year,” he said.

“Just every type of call gets more frequent.”

He added that most people just want to come out in Saratoga and have a good time and see the sights, although a few people who might have little too much to drink at night can “kind of ruin it.”

A call comes in

While on Friday’s evening patrol, Chowske noted a patrol car parked on Broadway near City Center and headed to the parking lot behind the Algonquin Building on Broadway just before 11 p.m. to locate the patrol officers.

Upon arrival, Chowske observed two patrol cars parked in the lot with officers shining spotlights into an apartment window of the building, about three stories up. A few pushed out screens were evident, and it was known that at least one person entered the building via the fire escape.

The flicker of a television set could be seen through the closed blinds of the apartment. As officers were assessing the situation, possible scenarios started to bubble up. Could it be a drunk who forgot his key? Was it a burglary in progress?

Shortly after Chowske’s arrival, the owner of the building had shown up to let the officers enter the apartment. Officers discovered three 15-year-olds, who did not live in the building, in a friend’s apartment. The friend was not at home at the time.

In the end, the parents of the minors were notified as was the tenant of the apartment. No charges were pressed against the minors after the investigation.

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